main events in Sherborne and the area ….
Thursday 17 October – 31 December/Castle Gardens Christmas Display opening Castle Gardens, New Road, Sherborne DT9 5NR 7.30-9pm Award-winning Christmas display open until Christmas.
Sunday 1 December/Sherborne 5km Christmas Jumper Run From the Terraces, Sherborne DT9 5NS. 8am registration, 8.25am warm-up, 8.30am 5km run organised by CommuniFit. www.communifit.co.uk or facebook.com/sherborne5km/
Sunday 1 December/Sherborne Festive Shopping Day Sherborne DT9 3LQ 10am-4pm Festive Shops & stalls, local produce, street entertainment, Santa’s Grotto, Christmas Tree Festival in Cheap Street Church, Shoppers’ Carols in the Abbey. 4pm Parade & Lighting the Tree.
Sunday 1 December/Sherborne Shoppers’ Carols & Advent Carol Service Sherborne Abbey DT9 3LQ 1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm A short service on Sherborne’s Festive Shopping Day. 5pm Candlelit Carol Service with music & readings.
Sunday 1 December – Sunday 8 December/Christmas Tree Festival Cheap Street Church, Sherborne DT9 3BJ 10am-4.30pm daily. Over 30 trees decorated by local businesses and community groups. Free. Donations gratefully accepted.
Tuesday 3 December/Castle Gardens Festive Evening Castle Gardens Centre, New Road, Sherborne DT9 5NR Open til 9pm. Wreath making & home decorating demos, entertainment from St Margaret’s Hospice singing group & a walking magician. Welcome drink. Christmas display.
Tuesday 3 December/ Pam Ayres: ‘Up in the Attic’ Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA 3-4.30pm Pam Ayres talks about her new book of poetry: ‘Up in the Attic’. Book signing afterwards. £12 from Winstone’s Bookshop 01935 816128
Wednesday 4 December -Sunday 15 December/ Christmas Tree Festival The United Church, East Street, Bridport 10am The principal charity will be Julia’s House Hospice.
Sunday 8 December/Eco Fair & Supermarket Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA 9am-1pm Range of crafts & items which have been responsibly sourced with an emphasis on zero waste. Facebook: Eco Fair Sherborne. 07708 372251
Sunday 8 December/Christingle Service St Mary’s Church Dorchester 4.30pm to celebrate the work of the Children’s Society.
Sunday 8 December/Christmas Tree Festival Carol Service Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, DT9 3BJ 6.30pm Carol Concert amongst Christmas Trees decorated by different groups in the town with Sherborne Town Band.
Monday 9 December/Sherborne Abbey Gift for the Town Sherborne Abbey DT9 3LQ 7.30-9pm Seasonal music & readings. Sherborne Abbey Choir, Town Band, Young Singers & students form Gryphon School. Retiring collection for Weldmar Hospice.
Monday 9 December/ Christmas Wreath Making Leweston School, DT9 6EN 2-4.30pm & 5.30-8pm Join Emma Dixon from River Cottage to make a Christmas Wreath & Garland. Mince pie & tea. £35 per workshop. www.lewestonenterprises.co.uk/events
Tuesday 10 December/Sherborne Abbey Faith & Arts Group: Advent Meditations Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL 2.15-4.15pm Time to reflect on Advent and indulge in painting, drawing & creative work. Free. Please sign up in the Parish Office.
Wednesday 11 December/Sherborne Late Night Shopping Sherborne DT9 3LQ Shops open until 8pm. Free parking after 6pm. Special offers in participating shops.
Thursday 12 December/Music & Readings for Christmas The Chapel, Sherborne School DT9 3AP 6-7pm Sherborne School Chamber Choir. In aid of Crisis, together we will end homelessness. £10 from Sherborne TIC & Sherborne School email@example.com
Saturday 14 December/Santa on his Sleigh Sherborne 8.30am-3.30pm outside Sainsburys. 5.30pm -8.30pm Around Town West. Blackmore Vale Lions. Donations for charity welcomed.
Saturday 14 December/ ‘A Christmas Carol’ Shipton Gorge Village Hall An Artsreach event, 7.30pm. £9, £6 (unders 18s) £25 (fam – max 2 adults), doors & bar from 6.45pm. Suitable 8+. One man performance. 01308 897407 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 14 December/ Christmas Concert St Catherine’s RC Church, Victoria Grove, Bridport, DT6 3AD 3pm Traditional Village Carols from two centuries ago. Free. Light Refreshments
Saturday 14 December- Sunday 15 December/ ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’ Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA 2.30pm & 6.30pm each day. Sherborne Amateur Pantomime Society’s annual performance. £9, U2s free, from Sherborne TIC
Sunday 15 December/Christmas Sing-a-long Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, DT9 3BJ 3-5pm Join Sherborne Town Band, Youth Band & Sherborne Community Choir for a festive sing-a-long. Coffee & mince pies in the interval. Raffle. £7 from Sherborne TIC.
Sunday 15 Deceber/‘Under the Frozen Moon’ The Lyric Theatre, 9 Barrack Street, Bridport DT6 3LX 1.30pm&4.30pm.Half a String presents Under the Frozen Moon. Bring a blanket and own refreshments. A £9 C £6 from Bridport TIC 01308 424901
Monday 16 December – Monday 23 December/Visit Father Christmas @ Castle Gardens Castle Gardens Centre, New Road, Sherborne DT9 5NR 2-5pm on 16-20 December, 10am-1pm & 2-5pm on 21-23 December
Tuesday 17 December -Sunday 22 December/ Santa’s Sleigh Morrisons, West Bay Road, Bridport Come along to See Santa and his sleigh. Donations to Bridport Lions Club. http://www.bridportlionsclub.org/fundraising.html
Friday 20 December/Santa on his Sleigh Sherborne 5.30pm -8.30pm Around Coldharbour. Blackmore Vale Lions. Donations for charity welcomed.
Friday 20 December-Sunday 22 December/ Christmas Tree Festival Baptist Church Lyme Regis DT7 11am-4pm Christmas Tree’s decorated by local organisations Free
Saturday 21 December/ Santa on his Sleigh Sherborne 8.30am-3.30pm outside Waitrose. Blackmore Vale Lions. Donations for charity welcomed.
Monday 23 December/Festive Storytime Sherborne Library, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA 10.30-11am listen to our favourite stories & join in with a mini craft. Suitable for children aged 2–8 years. Free.
Monday 23 December/Carols Round The Christmas Tree The Shambles Broad Street Lyme Regis 7-8pm Organised by Rotary Club + Town Band
Wednesday 25 December/Christmas Day Fancy Dress Swim The Beach Charmouth 11am Charity swim in aid of the RNLI
Thursday 26 December/The West Bay Wallow West Bay 10.30am Entrants sign in. 12pm Start. Raise monies for whomever they wish. There are prizes for best Fancy Dress.
Tuesday 31 December/New Year’s Eve Dance with Strictly Jive! Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA 8pm Dance into 2020! Dance floor, bar, free parking. Optional ‘All that Glitters ‘ theme. £20 to include nibbles & a glass of bubbly at midnight. www.strictlyjive.com
Wednesday 1 January New Year’s Day/Blow the Cobwebs Away! Meet at Sherborne Abbey Porch, DT9 3NL 2pm Blue Badge Guide Cindy helps you discover Sherborne’s past with a historical walk around the town. No need to book – just turn up. £8Follow me!